Friday, September 17, 2021

Today Is Constitution Day, and Our Democracy Is Imperiled by Glen Brown


"When our democracy is threatened from within, we must save it ourselves... Transcending forces of decay, disinformation, and disunion will not be easy. This is the great national calling of our time: the North Star that must guide decisions about ending or enduring disastrous presidencies. There is no quick fix for the challenges we face. They are surmountable only if each of us resolves anew that America and democracy are well worth fighting for" -Laurence Tribe on Donald Trump.

"It doesn't matter how good the Constitution is. It doesn't matter how brilliant the Framers were. It doesn't matter how good or bad our advocacy in this trial is. It doesn't matter how well written the oath of impartiality is. If right doesn't matter, we're lost. If truth doesn't matter, we're lost" -Adam Schiff.

Because most of us live as social, rational human beings, we have implicitly consented to moral and social contracts that have been devised. It is because we understand why moral precepts are beneficial for all of us; that we have the Rule of Law, established in the U.S. Constitution; that we have a shared set of moral and legal expectations for our conduct that makes it imperative to appeal to a public sense of justice regardless of political party affiliation.

Because Republicans in power continue to polarize politics through hyper-partisanship, unprincipled partiality, and political stagnation; because they continue their unwavering allegiance to their extensive tribalism, their powerful interests, their dark money, and Trump's base so they are guaranteed campaign funds and reelection; because they continue their irreparable damage to the constitutional system, democratic institutions, and separation of powers; because most of them ignored and some of them encouraged a violent uprising against America, it is up to the rest of us to preserve our slowly-dying democracy! 

-Glen Brown 

1 comment:

  1. It is really troubling that our biggest threat to our country and democracy does not come outside our borders. Instead our biggest threat comes from within our country by individuals who label themselves as patriots and/or Republicans